Feature Writer John Christie – Paralympics

In Whistler Creekside, B.C., Canada on March 16 2010, Caitie Sarubbi finished in eighth place on a rainy Tuesday in a Paralympics event called the giant slalom.

Fighting the elements of heavy rain and light fog, which impaired her vision and caused fogged lenses, Caitlin Sarubbi and her guide Gwynn Watkins put together an impressive second run taking seven place in Tuesday’s Giant Slalom at the 2010 Paralympics Winter Games in Whistler, Canada.

Sarubbi, a native of Brooklyn, New York and her guide Gwynn Watkins, a native of Mt Shasta California also participated in the first race ending up in eleventh place.

“I had some trouble on the first run,” Sarubbi said. “My goggles fogged up right at the start, so I was trying to deal with that, trying to keep my technique at the same time. It wasn’t a super clean run, but I made up some time in the second run. It was a lot better and I am just happy with it. I’m happy to end on a better note.  I really had to concentrate on her voice and when she was telling me to switch and stuff,” Sarubbi added, nodding to her guide. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it at all without her. I’m really appreciative.”

Sarubbi and Watkins finished in 3:23.62(+26.97). Sarubbi is competing in her first Paralympic games.

She will continue competition in the March 18 downhill, the super-g on March 19 and the Super Combined on March 21 weather permitting.

To read the original article, please go to http://usparalympics.org/news/2010/03/16/sarubbi-s-eighth-place-leads-visually-impaired-skiers-in-giant-slalom/34639

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